Archives for November 2013

holiday tutorial: bright eyes/bold red lips

 

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Shades of Kassie
Vlog with Kendra
Glow of Grace

PRODUCTS USED (I generally don’t use as much makeup unless it’s a special occasion!):
Michael Todd Knu (20% discount)
Boots Beautifully Matte Makeup Base
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Wheat
Rimmel Scandel Eyes Kohl in Nude
Maybelline Master Precise Eyebrow Pencil
Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara
NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in Beige
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector
Urban Decay Anti-aging Eye Primer
The Balm Mary Loumanizer
Wet & Wild Comfort Zone Eyeshadows
NYX Jumbo Eyeliner Sparkle Leopard
Stila Stay all Day Black Liquid Liner
Tarte Lights Camera Flashes Mascara
Mary Kay Lash Love
MAC Blush in Fleur Power Satin
Mary Kay Rouge Red Lipstick
Mary Kay Gloss in Red Passion
Makeup Forever Bronzer in shade 10
Makeup Forever Lip Liner in 19c
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help me help you: an anonymous survey

I mentioned on Monday that I’m taking a bit of a writing sabbitical so that I can breathe, live, and find my purpose and direction with what I do.

It’s Thursday, and I already feel a bit of a revival in my soul.

It’s like I was on a hamster wheel running in crazy circles with absolutely no direction, and utterly exhausting myself.
Now that I’m standing still and feeling a little less dizzy, I can see where things need to change.
And this is where I NEED YOU.

Already this week I’ve had the incredible blessing of talking to some inspiring bloggers/mentors that have really been able to speak truth into my struggles.
And I think the next step in getting things right is by checking in with you!

I created a SUPER QUICK & EASY survey, where you can be anonymous, and honestly share with me your thoughts and ideas on what you like and then maybe like not so much.

So if you wouldn’t mind, could you please take a quick moment and help me help you?

I love you, by the way, lots.
And I’m excited for whats to come…

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i have no more words…

“It’s just…I have no more words.”

It was the only thing I could whisper through my tears the other day while I hid under the safety of my covers, and it was the most genuine and honest I had been in a long time.

Because the heartbreaking truth is…I have no more words.

I have lived out loud in a vulnerable way for many years, and through those many years it allowed me this incredible sense of safety in a way that will never make sense, even to me.

It’s just that right now, as much as I long to continue to be just as honest and real…I simply can’t.

I honestly have no more words.

For months now I’ve heard a whisper telling me so, with each day getting increasingly louder, yet I determined to fight it with every ounce of middle child I had left in me.
In this moment, the fight has left, and I am simply tired.
I have nothing left to give.

A writer without their words, is like a person without a soul… you truly no longer feel alive.

You no longer feel.

I need some time (weeks? a month?).
I need to clear my mind.
To find my truth.
My joy.
A clear perspective, healing, and a renewed Purpose in ALL things.

Of course, I’ll still be here, because that part of me still feels creative and alive.
It’s simple and happy, easy and fun, and that is all I can have asked of me right now.

In this time away, I long to make it intentional.
Just as I have been, I’ll continue to be searching, reading, studying, journaling, living, experiencing, loving, engaging, planning and finding focus, breathing, and leaning into life rather than away from it.
You know, all the things that I know I MUST do that will, without a doubt, give me back my words.

It’s as though one book in the series is closing and in order for the next one to begin, life has to happen a little.

There’s a reason for this.
There’s always a reason.
And I know I’ll be back.

Renewed.
Refreshed.
With a purpose.
With a passion.
With my words.

See you on the other side.

*as is always the case, i love love love hearing from you.  so while i may not be sharing my heart here for a short bit, i’m still just an email away.*

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chasing a feeling vs. always pursuing the truth

I’ve been digging, you guys.
There’s been lots of “studying and praying”… although I have to confess my praying style now is unlike anything it’s ever been before.
Maybe it’s more real.
More authentic.
More of what God must have always truly seen in the depths of who I am.

let it go

I’m reading.
I’m reflecting.
I’m listening.
I’m laying down my protective/defensive walls, and allowing myself to feel vulnerable in a way that is completely unfamiliar to me.

I can tell you without hesitation, that I doubt my abilities as a writer, a parent, a wife, and a friend.
But there is an inner trembling that takes over with my admission that I am in a place of understanding God.

I thought parenting humbled me…
but parenting has nothing on this place I’m in now.

There seems to be a collection of thoughts, words, sayings, ideas, illustrations, theology tidbits, and so on and so on that are tumbling around back and forth throughout my mind.
And I intentionally settle into each moment as it comes.

I don’t want to be convinced or persuaded.
I simply want to understand and know.

I’m not attempting to chase a feeling.
Instead I’m interested in always pursuing the truth of who God is.

God is real.
He is.
How can I doubt that?

It’s just incredibly hard to understand His nature.
And WHY He chose to do things the way He did.
It doesn’t make sense to my brain, as limited and small as it is.

And that’s where I am.
In the most basic terms, I am finally getting to know God.

And just to share, for the sake of sharing…. you know in case someone else with a brain like mine might need to read some of what I’ve been reading and pondering, here are a few links to what I have been starting with.

Dug Down Deep: I don’t quite have the brain to read deep books on theology.  At least not yet.  But, this book…Oh this book.  I’m about halfway through, with a highlighter, and it’s just good.  I admit that I was hesitant to read this because as my friend said, “I kissed Joshua Harris goodbye when I got married!”  But, as it turns out, he’s walked a similar path in his faith, and he has a gift for making systematic theology understandable, readable and relatable.

Biblical Jiu Jitsu and specifically this post to start,  Threat of theology.  I encourage you to dig deep in the posts though, and click through to links, as the depths to your learning will be endless and exciting.

Potters Freedom (haven’t read yet, but it’s been suggested to me, and it’s on my list.)

Lies Women Believe and the Truths that Set Them Free: I am just about 2 or 3 chapters into this book, but goodness gracious, does it ever speak to me.  Click the link and read the sample…you’ll see exactly what I mean.

xo

 

 

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summers lovin’: health & beauty favorites! (discount codes!)

Health & Fitness Favorites…

 

Products Mentioned:

~ Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis (MY JOURNEY THROUGH THE TRACY ANDERSON 30 DAY CHALLENGE)
~ Zevia 
~ Mama Chia Squeeze Packets
~ Dynamic Greens
CENOIRE TOOTHBRUSH

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Beauty Favorites…

Products Mentioned…

~ Michael Todd Knu (MICHAEL TODD PRODUCTS 20% OFF WITH THIS LINK)
~ FRINGE HAIR PRODUCTS  (Use the code “SUMMER” for 10% off!)
~ Sibu Seabuckthorn Facial Cleanser
~ Tarte Lights Flashes Camera Mascara
~ Revlon Nail Polish in Rich 935
~ Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in All Night Long
~ Maybelline Color Tattoo Pigments in Breaking Bronze
~ Sun Goddess Sunless Tanner

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*some links may be affliliate links!*
**the cenoire toothbrush & Michael Todd products were sent to me, but the decision to include it in my monthly favorites was completely my own decision.  I only share the products I truly love & used!***

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top 10 beauty products under $10!

Make sure to go watch our other top 10 on Trishas Channel, A Glittery Life, because we barely scratched the surface of what you can love for under $10!  PLUS, in her video she included all our hilarious and awkward bloopers.  Gotta love it!

Products Mentioned*:
(all my favorites are always listed on my Luvocracy Page, so go check them out!  Not only will you find more reviews, but they’ll point you to the cheapest way to purchase it!  YAYA!!!)

~ Target brand face cleansing wipes (Trisha)
~ Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2 in 1 Lash Boosting Serum (Summer)
~ Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (Trisha)
~ Hard Candy Tiki Bronzer (highlighter) (Summer)
~ Milani Lipstick in Nude Cream (Trisha)
~ Loreal Lipstick in Tender Berry (Summer)
~ NYX HD Photogenic Concealer (Trisha)
~ Elf Blush in Pink Passion (Summer)
~ Color Tattoos (Metals) Silver Strike & Barely Branded (Trisha)
~ Wet n Wild Eyeshadows in Comfort Zone (Summer)

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P.S.  I realize my blog posting skils have been severely lacking, and for that I am truly sorry.  I’m getting my stuff together, finding my focus, and will be back on my game soon.  In the meantime, I so appreciate every single one of you for  sticking with me and continuing to love and support me!  It means MORE than you’ll ever truly know. xo

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when church hurts

“There is surprising comfort in the realization that God is so unlike you and me.  The fact that He’s not like us is the reason we can run to Him for rescue.”  –Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep

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Typical Rural Icelandic Church under a blue summer sky

It’s been a year.  This 2013.
It’s been that way for many of those I love too, what’s the deal?

I think I’d call it, “The year of questioning…EVERYTHING.”

Seriously, you name it: Marriage, parenting, my purpose, my faith, my blog and “career..,” friendships, homeschooling, and of course….me.
I am constantly questioning myself.
Probably more than anything else.

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A life changing experience recently….actually about 6 months ago, (it’s taken me some time to process through it all), was when we left the church we had been attending for quite some time.

We prayed long and hard and we both knew that it was a decision we needed to make and it was tough.
It was a seeker friendly church, and we needed more.
We craved deeper relationships that extended beyond the meet and greet outside of Sunday Service in the courtyard.
We craved deeper study of the bible and scripture.

But I experienced incredible sadness knowing I would have to say goodbye to the youth group girls that had become such a part of my heart.
I knew that in leaving, those relationships would change.
Somebody else would step into my role and become their mentor, taking them through the final years of their high school experience.
I didn’t want to let go of that, but I was drowning…and in truth, we were hungry trying to feed the hungry.

God was calling us to something new.

Without going into details, leaving was unpleasant.
We shared our hearts, and in doing that, hearts were hurt.

Careless letters were written, hearts were broken, and trust was damaged.
And rather than craving something deeper, instead I found myself utterly broken.

I try and try to go back to the moment where The Lord grabbed hold of my heart last Good Friday and made it quite clear by reminding me to, “Look ONLY at ME.”

And I had been….until church hurt, and then I found myself once again looking at “Him” through the filter of other christians.
And it was devastating.

I’ve been a christian for as long as I can remember.
I always believed.
I’ve always found faith easy.
Jesus was my hero, and even when I wasn’t living it, I was loving Him in the depths of my heart.

Loving Him is good and right, but to truly know the one you love, sometimes you need facts.
Facts can’t take His place, but I can’t know Him without them.
So it seems that now I’m in the depths of working out my faith with fear and trembling, and I hope that through it all, roots are growing deeper and stronger.

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“When the Bible calls God holy, it means primarily that God is transcendentally separate.  He is so far above and beyond us that He seems almost totally foreign to us.”
-R.C. Sproul
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My deepest desire is that when I come out of this place of struggle and questioning, that God would put me back together even better than I was before.

I want to be the christian, the CHRIST FOLLOWER, that sets aside my ego, my plans, my emotions and feelings, and instead looks only to the hearts and needs of those around me.
I dont want to ever be the Christ Follower that makes others doubt Christ is real, the way I have experienced.

Is that even possible though?
I am so flawed.
I am daily making selfish mistakes, either out loud or in the depths of my heart.

But my DESIRE, my HEART, is to be different.

And maybe that’s what 2013 has been all about.
Maybe that’s why I am here.
Maybe that’s why I have doubts and questions and the entire engine of my car (faith) is being taken apart right before my eyes.

I’m inspecting what’s right and what isn’t…
Pinning fact against fiction, rumors against truth.

And when it all comes back together, and my car is ready to take off driving again, I pray it’s a road filled with unbending faith, love, kindness, forgiveness, healing, mercy and grace.

 

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